1 O God, my God, my all thou art,
Ere shines the dawn of rising day,
Thy sovereign light within my heart
Thine all enlive...
Thine all enliv'ning pow'r display.
2 In blessing thee with grateful songs,
My happy life shall glide away,
The praise, that to thy Name belongs,
Hourly with lifted hands I'll pay.
3 Abundant sweetness, while I sing
Thy love, my ravish'd soul o'erflows.
Secure in thee, my God and king,
Of glory that...
Of glory that no period knows.
4 Thy name, O Lord, upon my bed,
Dwells on my lips and fires my thought.
With trembling awe in midnight shade,
I muse on all...
I muse on all thine hands have wrought.
4 In all I do I feel thine aid.
Therefore thy greatness will I sing,
O God, who didst my heart be glad,
Beneath the shadow...
Beneath the shadow of thy wing.
Source: Urania: or a choice collection of psalm-tunes, anthems, and hymns, from the most approv'd authors, with some entirely new; in two, three, and four parts... #176
This noble version of Psalms lxiii. was inserted in the book of 1738, and therefore probably translated in America. The Spanish author is unknown."Mr. G. J. Stevenson, in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 294, says positively:—
"This hymn is from the Spanish, translated by John Wesley when he was in America in 1735."Although there is much to strengthen Dr. Osborn's suggestion, that the translation was made in America, we have seen no proof that it was made there in 1735; and somewhat against it is the fact that the hymn is not in the Charles-Town Collection of Psalms & Hymns, 1736-37. Bishop Bickersteth's note on the cento, in his Hymnal Companion (annotated edition, 1880), is well deserved :—
"This very beautiful version of part of the 63rd Psalm is varied from the translation of a Spanish version by J. Wesley. It seems to the Editor one of the most melodious and perfect hymns we possess for public worship."The use, both of the Wesleyan Hymn Book text, and of the cento, "O Lord, within Thy sacred gates," is extensive, especially of the latter. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)